39. DIY Wedding: Aisle Pomander Balls

Today I’ll be showing you the pretty pomander balls I used to line the aisles for our wedding ceremony.  This project is so simple, I almost feel guilty calling it a DIY.  Almost.

“DIY” Aisle Pomander Balls

Materials:

premade pomander balls – I bought mine from afloral.com, but they no longer carry this item. 😦
peacock feathers
ribbon
hot glue gun & glue sticks

Directions:

Step 1: Cut ribbon to desired length.  It’s going to be doubled, so if you’d like a 12″ drop length, cut a piece about 24″ long.

Step 2: If your pomanders already have an ugly sheer ribbon (like mine), rip those bad boys out.

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Step 3: Using your hot glue gun, fasten your new, much prettier ribbon to the pomander.  Make sure to hide it underneath the flowers so everything stays nice and tidy.

Step 4: Trim the eye of a peacock feather, and attach to the base of the ribbon with hot glue.

peacock feather pomanderStep 5: Hang on a chair and enjoy.

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See, I told you this DIY was ridiculously easy!

I still have a long list of projects to share with you, too.  Here are some DIY wedding projects to look forward to reading about:

bride’s/bridesmaids’ fascinators
peacock feather wrist corsages
peacock feather pins
peacock feather boutonnieres
table runners
escort card ribbon board
manzanita branch centerpieces
invitations
peacock feather wreaths w/ bride and groom initials
luminaries
bar sign
bridesmaids’ earrings
programs
card birdcage

Crazy, right?  Hey, it gives me lots of stuff to write about!

XO,
Gabriella

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36. Yet another glorious Craigslist find!

I rearranged our living room furniture a while back and, in the process, moved in a large bookshelf from our dining room.  The real estate formerly taken up by the bookshelf was now quite bare, and I was considering two options.  First, I thought a buffet might be nice, but…what would I put in it?  It would basically just sit there and look nice, but I wasn’t sure what stuff I would actually cram in the thing.  Option 2: a desk.  Yes!  However, it has to look awesome and cost not a lot of money.  Guess where I’ve been looking?  (If you didn’t say Craigslist, you obviously don’t know me that well.  Alternatively, you live under a rock.)

I was taking a gander at CL this morning, when I stumbled upon the perfect candidate…for only $35!  I rubbed my eyes and pinched myself, but it really was a beautiful, antique desk for 35 smackaroos.

It’s seriously perfect for the space.

Here it is!

It’s missing hardware, but the wood is in fantastic condition.  The photo above is BEFORE I even wiped it down and polished it up!  I’ve been on a painting kick with furniture lately, but this desk is in such nice condition, I’ve decided to leave the finish “as-is”.  Are you shocked, or what?

I’m thinking of ordering some cup pulls in an antique brass finish, and the drawers will get a nice wipe out (they are gah-ROSS right now) followed by a lining of pretty patterned contact paper.  I’ll make sure to update you on the final product!

So, have you found any goodies on the cheap lately?

Oh, Craigslist…how do I love thee?  Let me count the ways…

XO,
Gabriella

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26. DIY Wedding: Monogrammed Aisle Runner

I have a ton of projects “in the works” for our house, but none are completed.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you yet another project from our [almost] completely DIY wedding!  Today’s project: DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner.

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Let me start off by saying that I did not dream up this project on my own.  I found fantastic instructions over at Road to the Aisle.  I followed her instructions almost exactly, so I’m not going to waste time rehashing them here.  However, I will give you a list of the materials I used and the cost breakdown!

DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner

Materials:

aisle runner (make use of that 50% off Joann coupon!)
large monogram printout (I used Photoshop to make ours)
pencil
acrylic paints
paintbrushes

Total cost: $20.33

I really enjoyed this project.  It was fairly easy, and the final results were gorgeous.

Even though the project turned out great, we didn’t actually end up using it as an aisle runner.  Our venue had hardwood floors, and I was too worried about the wedding party (especially me!) slipping or tripping in the aisle.

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I didn’t want to just not use it and waste a good $20 (that I could have put towards something else), so we had to find another use for it.

And then it came to me.  There is a large staircase leading up to the ballroom, why not just hang it over the railing as a banner?  So that’s what we did.

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Didn’t that work out well?

We ended up keep the monogram portion after the wedding (we just chopped it off the end).  I’m still trying to figure out something unique to do with it, but for now it’s in a box with other wedding keepsakes.

I’ve had fun sharing this project with you.  I hope you enjoyed it!

XO,
Gabriella

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